Federal Employee Paid Leave Act

Paid Leave for Federal Employees Will Help Strengthen the Federal Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 10, 2019 — “Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to include a paid family and medical leave policy in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would provide a sense of security for millions of federal employees when caring for themselves or a loved one,”  stated FEW’s President, Karen Rainey.  The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), which was included in the underlying bill today as part of a broader authorizing package, will help the government to attract and retain talented workers — particularly younger workers — and save taxpayers money by reducing employee turnover and replacement costs.

The passage of FEPLA is a critical part of the movement toward paid leave for all working people. The federal government is the nation’s largest employer with more than 2 million workers across the country. By enacting a paid leave policy will allow federal workers to take paid time away from work to address the maternal or paternal care of a child, seriously ill or injured loved one, or their own medical situation.

FEW thanks Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) for introducing FEPLA as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).